Firefox 23 arrives

Tuesday 6th August 2013

Firefox 23 has officially been launched today for Windows, Mac, Linuz and Android. It now has a mixed content blocker and network monitor on the desktop side, not to mention the new branding.

The mixed content blocker prevents nonsecure content on a website being read by attackers, whilst the new network monitor breaks down individual website components to highlight how long it take for each to load.

Other new features or improvements:
    •    NEW: Mixed content blocking enabled to protects users from man-in-the-middle attacks and eavesdroppers on HTTPS pages (learn more).
    •    NEW: Options panel created for Web Developer Toolbox.
    •    CHANGED: “Enable JavaScript” preference checkbox has been removed and user-set values will be reset to the default.
    •    CHANGED: Updated Firefox Logo.
    •    CHANGED: Improved about:memory’s functional UI.
    •    CHANGED: Simplified interface for notifications of plugin installation.
    •    CHANGED: Enabled DXVA2 on Windows Vista+ to accelerate H.264 video decoding.
    •    CHANGED: Users can now switch to a new search provider across the entire browser.
    •    CHANGED: CSP policies using the standard syntax and semantics will now be enforced.
    •    CHANGED: rendering improvements (see bug 838675).
    •    CHANGED: Replace fixed-ratio audio resampler in capture code with Speex resampler and eliminate pseudo-44000Hz rate.
    •    CHANGED: “Load images automatically” and Always show the tab bar” checkboxes removed from preferences and reset to defaults.
    •    DEVELOPER: HTML5 form control implemented.
    •    DEVELOPER: Write more accessible pages on touch interfaces with new ARIA role for key buttons.
    •    DEVELOPER: Social share functionality.
    •    DEVELOPER: Added unprefixed requestAnimationFrame.
    •    DEVELOPER: Implemented a global browser console.
    •    DEVELOPER: Dropped blink effect from text-decoration: blink; and completely removed element
    •    DEVELOPER: New feature in toolbox: Network Monitor.
    •    FIXED: Various security fixes.

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